Originally Posted by Rover310
From what I understand, it was competition from cheaper PVC boats that was one of the main factors in the demise of the market for Avon's smaller Hypalon boats.
I have noticed that (aside from valves and a few other misc. parts) many of the bigger Avon parts & accessories are hard to find in the U.S. I was looking for the accessory 2nd seat kit p/n V00055 with no luck. I see they are available in the UK, for a price from Ron Hale Marine, but I'm sure shipping to the U.S. would be a small fortune.
You are completely correct.
The newgoers to the inflatable market have a poor concept of value. I cannot fault them, since most of the cheaper boats do a fairly good job fluffing themselves up. However, the off-brand products simply do not last at all, especially anything that is glued PVC. A PVC boat made with quality material, of sound construction with a high strength layup, and high quality adhesive (Bostik is popular), even that boat has a maximum lifespan of about 8-12 years. Less if it is not maintained or left out in the sun to roast.
Have you tried contacting Defender? They tend to have a lot of stock. If not them, there are many others. I think IBC in Portland, OR still carries the Avon Milpro lineup boats?